Nearly everyone agrees with prosecuting public officials (as well as, on occasion, lobbyists and other private actors) for bribery and some other instances in which officials trade, or are asked to trade, a quid pro quo of official action for money or gifts. Show More Summary
Five Years Ago The parade of horrors from the TSA continued this week, as the world continued reacting to the new enhanced security processes. One man stripped down in an attempt to avoid being groped and ended up under arrest for failing...Show More Summary
Google Cardboard is a wonderful way to make virtual reality more accessible (you can even grab one on sale in the Insider Shop) but it still has its limitations. Today we're looking at a new twist on smartphone-powered VR: the Figment phone case with built-in viewer. Show More Summary
“Don’t teach women how to negotiate. Just ban salary negotiations altogether.” [Nora Caplan-Bricker, Slate] Tags: sex discrimination Like fairness? You’ll love the new command economy is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
That was fast! When Howard Bashman (of our sister site How Appealing) talks, the U.S. Supreme Court listens. [How Appealing] She doesn't mention it much on the campaign trail, but Carly Fiorina is the daughter of Article III aristocracy -- the late Judge Joseph T. Show More Summary
What do we talk about when we talk about "counsel"?
We never planned to have a Black Friday event, but we have been getting ready to hold big sale for a while now, and it just so happens to have serendipitously coincided with the (in)famous shopping event — so here it is! Starting today, we're clearing out all our existing Techdirt merchandise to make room for new offerings in the future. Show More Summary
How would you like it if your father got unfairly criticized on national television?
A case before California’s highest court could fundamentally change the way class-action attorneys are paid—and cut lawyers’ fees in the process.
Watch what you say about Saudi Arabia: According to a report in pro-government newspaper Al Riyadh, the Saudi justice ministry is planning to sue a Twitter user who suggested that a death sentence recently handed out to a Palestinian...Show More Summary
The extended slump in oil prices is spurring one Houston-based law firm to shut its doors. But the closure is unlikely to spell doomsday for big law firms that raced to Houston in recent years to grab oil and gas work.
As the world grapples with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the policy implications for issues such as the acceptance of refugees and continued military participation in the fight against ISIL have unsurprisingly come to the fore. Show More Summary
Appeared in the Toronto Star on November 23, 2015 as Paris Attacks Put Canada’s Internet Privacy Laws At Risk As the world grapples with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the policy implications for issues such as the acceptance...Show More Summary
Ed. note : We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. As we mentioned before Thanksgiving, we'll be on a reduced publication schedule today. Randall Kennedy, one of the African-American Harvard Law School professors whose portraits got marked with black tape, shares HLS alum Elie Mystal's reaction to the incident: he is unimpressed. Show More Summary
?Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.
In case you haven’t noticed, we like preemption. We’ve even called ourselves “obsessed” with it. And with good reason. Preemption, where it’s available, is the most powerful defense around – capable of wiping out an entire MDL with a single motion to dismiss. Show More Summary
The Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited decision in SODRAC v. CBC today, a case that has major implications for the role of technological neutrality in copyright. As I noted when it was argued before the court, though the...Show More Summary
Invoking Title IX, that law of so many uses, some identity advocates are demanding that colleges curtail student access to the chat service Yik Yak, popular for anonymous chatter on campus. While the press routinely portrays Yik Yak as a sump of digital hostility, Virginia Postrel found something quite different when she went on. Show More Summary
Lobbyist Kevin O'Neill, one of the highest ranking legacy Patton Boggs partners at Squire Patton Boggs, will leave the firm along with another lobbyist. The departures, like dozens over the past three years, highlight how few of the old Patton Boggs has stuck with the global firm as it attempts to rebuild its lobbying capabilities.
Plenty of businesses rely on third-party payers: parents often pay for college; insurance companies pay most health care bills. Reaching out to potential third-party payers is hardly a new or revolutionary business practice. But someone should tell the Patent Office. Show More Summary